Vinyl Pressing Review

The It*Men

Greatest Its

Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on 05.23.2014

The It*Men present themselves as a garage / hard rock band from the late sixties with hands in creating punk rock, and they do a really convincing job of it - but in reality they were active in the Cleveland area in the late 90s and early 2000s. "Greatest Its" was initially released in 2004 and was reissued in 2013 with six new tracks as part of a fundraising effort after frontman Ken Janssen was diagnosed with ALS. "Greatest Its" was mixed by Ben Gmetro, with additional mixing and mobile engineering by Mike Cromier. Sides 1, 2, and 4 (with the exception of "It*Men Stomp") were mastered for vinyl by Timothy Gerak. Side 3 and Side 4's "It*Men Stomp" were mastered for vinyl by Chris Keffer.

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


The sound is relatively dirty throughout, but not in a low-fi kind of way. This probably has more to do with the overall theme of The It*Men and the recording itself than the pressing. Once you learn the backstory of the band this choice makes perfect sense - The It*Men play dirty rock and roll and present themselves as a band from around the same period as MC5, and the sound quality follows suit.

Pressing Quality:


The vinyl is sturdy with very minimal warping and weave. The plain paper inner sleeves are of a heavy enough weight that they should hold up pretty well. The outer jacket is also very sturdy - of a heavier weight than most.

Vinyl Noise:


Some very light popping on both records but no skipping. Minimal hiss between tracks.

Overall Artwork:


Black vinyl. The inner sleeves each have a black and white photo collage on one side and text on the other. The jacket's art design is made to look like the record is extremely old and distressed, matching up with the story the band has crafted around itself. If I saw this record from a few feet back I would say it had seen better days so...pretty convincing.

Overall Extras:


MP3 download card provided. The jacket's interior gives you some great insight in to the mythology the band has created around itself, featuring a (fictional) backstory that would make for a fantastic Cameron Crowe movie.

Reviewed By:
Kasey Bradley

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Total Score

: 3.70



Label: Davenport / Stow House Records
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 20.00
Pressing Company: Gotta Groove Records
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 2
Pressing Weight: Unknown
Color: Black
Gatefold: Yes
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:
Plain paper

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